Guest Lecture Series October 30th: Dr. Mary Hunter


Dr. Mary Hunter; photo courtesy McGill University

The American University Art History Department is pleased to present Dr. Mary Hunter of McGill University as the first guest speaker of the 2019-2020 art history lecture series. She will give her talk “Infectious Touch: Art, Medicine and Expertise in Berthe Morisot’s Images of Pregnancy” in Katzen Recital Hall on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 3pm. A short reception in the lobby will follow.

Dr. Hunter, a specialist in nineteenth-century French art and visual culture, researches the relationships between art and medicine during the Third Republic. Her 2016 book The Face of Medicine: Visualizing Medical Masculinities in late Nineteenth-Century Paris examines how artists and physicians worked together to create realistic representations of bodies.  By exploring a range of visual representation, such as portraits, textbook illustrations, and artists’ manuals, Dr. Hunter considers the connections between art, medical iconography, and representations of gender. Dr. Hunter’s upcoming talk and recent essay “The Waiting Time of Prostitution: Gynecology and Temporality in Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Rue des Moulins, 1894,” published in the journal Art History in early 2019, approaches medicine from a feminist perspective and addresses pregnancy, prostitution, and female sexual health at the end of the nineteenth century.


Berthe Morisot, The Mother and Sister of the Artist, 1869-70. Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Dr. Hunter earned her PhD at University College London. She joined the McGill University faculty in 2008. Her research has been funded by a wide range of institutions such as the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Fonds de recherche du Québec–Société et Culture.

We thank Dr. Hunter for sharing her research with our faculty and students and extend our gratitude to the AU Art History Program and the Department of Art for making this annual lecture series possible.Mary Hunter Talk Poster

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